FA asks Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to explain comments on referees

FA asks Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to explain comments on referees

FA asks Arsenal's Arsene Wenger to explain comments on referees

It's not been possible to write off Arsenal's prospects so early under the manager.

The draw means Chelsea stay third in the table, a point behind second-placed Manchester United and 16 adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Arsenal took the lead through Jack Wilshere but Eden Hazard's penalty and Marcos Alonso put the Blues in front before Hector Bellerin equalised in stoppage time.

Before the game against Chelsea Wenger said: "What is frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season - at Stoke, at Watford, at Manchester City, at West Brom".

"We don't need a replay, it was a penalty", he told Sky Sports after the game.

A ccording to Arsenal's manager of more than 21 years, officials get a soft ride in the media.

"From what I've heard and seen in tunnels and dressing rooms down the years, I'm surprised and shocked to be charged", Wenger, who did not request a personal hearing to the first charge, said in a press conference this morning, per The Telegraph.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stood by comments criticizing refereeing decisions during the club's last two Premier League matches after the Football Association asked the Frenchman to explain himself.

Wenger, taking charge of a record 811th game, had been incensed by a contentious late penalty decision given against defender Calum Chambers for handball that cost his side all three points at The Hawthorns and was said to have angrily confronted referee Mike Dean. "I know what I say after a game and I stand up for what I said, no problem".

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